2021 was quite a year – yep, yep, yep. For me, it was the year of virtual programs. I had only two in-person engagements in the last month of the year – yet thanks to the power of virtual platforms I was able to serve more people than ever before. Let’s keep looking for that silver lining, shall we?
What was yours? Who did you help? How did you cope? Who was there to support you?
Remember you are already resilient – physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually – you have already been through almost 2 years of this life-changing, worldwide pandemic and you a still standing; congrats!
Each year, I amalgamate some comments from my audiences of the year so that others who are thinking of hiring me can get a feel for the results. And hey, who am I kidding, it makes me feel good about what I do and reinforces that it’s worth wading through the mucky-guck to make a positive difference.
As you can imagine it’s kind of weird reading all these nice things about myself. One planner called me an ‘Inspirational Goddess’ – I don’t know about that but I don’t get called a Goddess every day, so I’m going to embrace it!
I doubt you get to read words that sum up your work for the year, so how about writing yourself a review, a testimonial, some feedback. You deserve it!! Go on – write it and/or offer to do this for a colleague or friend and have them do one for you. It’s cool to have it to look back on when you are feeling 💩y.
I’m sure there were some people who didn’t like my programs but I guess they don’t fill out the evaluations?
From Scientists to Bankers; Specialty Tool Distributors to Media Broadcasters; Land Surveyors to Lawyers and of course, our beloved front-line nurses & healthcare professionals. Custom songs – there may have even been a RAP in there 🤫 – replacing PowerPoint with PaperPoint – we definitely had some fun, with losing my Mom, some tears.
So now, I present to you the 2021 Virtual Reviews and I hope I can serve you and your team/organization/company in 2022!
“Thank you so much. Lots of great feedback already! Your talk was exactly what we needed. So many great learning points and lots to process. I took lots of notes!” Dr. Natalie Skinner PCDSC – Primary Care Dermatology Society of Canada
“Stephanie was inspiring, positive, high-energy, and fun! Kept the audience captivated in a virtual format WITHOUT PowerPoint slides. Great option during a period when the pandemic prevented our in-person conference from going ahead.” Shelley Morris – Executive Director at Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada
“We really loved it, the leaders were engaged and interacting. We had lots of positive comments and the song was super well received! It was great to work with you too, the team enjoyed hearing your message and had so many great takeaways. All good feedback from us.” Christina Collini, Director BMO Financial Group
“You are amazing – your energy is phenomenal! Thanks for another wonderful presentation!” Kassie Klassen
“That was so fantastic, the praise for your talk is still coming in, they loved you! I want to bring you back next year at our live event!” Dr. Yana Simice
PCDSC – Primary Care Dermatology Society of Canada
“That was freakin’ awesome!” Nardine Flaro, Regional VP BMO
“Your talk was excellent!” Dr. Gene Filanovsky
“Thank you so much for presenting at our annual virtual conference. It was so well received and certainly set the tone for the rest of the weekend.” Susan Roberts, Executive Director – Primary Care Dermatology Society of Canada (PCDSC)
“Fantastic presentation!!” Jennifer Dutka
“I have only heard good things about your presentation and everyone loved your energy and insights. It was just wonderful!” Calyx Rose, HR Coordinator Bonduelle
‘Thanks so much for everything Stephanie, it was an awesome presentation.’ Christy Pritchard, CAE, AOHNA
Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association
“The Alberta Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AOHNA) fully appreciated the time with Stephanie Staples wellness expert. She provided us with simple solutions to avoid burnout and practice self-care that are easily applied daily. I found the session not only useful for myself but applicable to all ages in my family. Thank you again for your vulnerability and willingness to share your journey with us. I highly recommend the session.” Wafa Salem, RN, BN, President AOHNA & OHN at Ovinity
“Stephanie was a great partner for our webinar series: Our members loved the presentation and found her information immediately useful. From my planner perspective, she was a dream to work with. We’ll definitely be calling on her again.” Catherine Usher, Member Services Director at Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Assn.
“I had the pleasure of hosting Stephanie for a virtual discussion with our MPAC team on how to stay resilient. Stephanie is an engaging, inspiring, and authentic speaker whose positivity and energy shine through! She was also incredibly accessible, making time to speak with us to make sure she understood our needs and delivered an exceptional event. Thank you, Stephanie, for all the practical tips we can implement today to help us transition to our new normal.” Mary Meffe, CPA C. Dir – MPAC Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
“You were awesome! Chat was fun, your cue cards were great, and more than anything there were sooo many great points from your message. I think there are going to be so many walking away from your session feeling great. Can’t wait to see the evals.” Peggy Krikava Education Director, North Dakota Long Term Care Association
“Wow, so many great tips, tricks and suggestions! Your authenticity was welcome & your messages resonated. I’m in awe of how amazing you were, I hope I get the chance to hear you again.” Anna Richter, SafeCare BC
“I absolutely loved it!” Kerry Bowman, Manager of Recruitment & Retention, Bayshore Healthcare
“Great presentation!” Dan McEwen PhD, Motitech Canada
“Stephanie – you were a BIG hit! Attendees were hanging on your every word and when you said something they were responding immediately in the chat.” Cathy Szmaus, VP Operations, BCCPA, BC Care Providers
“I just finished watching your session at BCCPA Conference, after I stopped crying I am inspired to continue to be the best version of me every day! Thank you so much!” Robert Cunningham, Director of Sales, Silver Group
“Stephanie is fabulous. Her words definitely left a lasting impression.” Edwina McPherson, Westin Bayshore
“I LOVED your session!” Sheena Thursby, Peri-operative Nurse, BC ORNAC
“I love your energy!!” Barb Haluza
“You are awesome! So uplifting” Emily Seebruch
“Lots of amazing feedback about your talk, it was so well received and just what we needed. Thank you again for your amazing presentation! We truly appreciate it!! Angela Russell ORNAC – Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada
“Stephanie is a unicorn of positivity and expertly skilled in upscaling human potential. PLUS she is a delight to work with. I truly value authenticity–this powerhouse delivers in all ways. I am so happy our paths have crossed and truly value the motivational magic she brings to the people around her.” Trisha Miltimore, MC – Spark Women’s Leadership Conference
“Awesome presentation!” Heather Raitt
“If I smoked I would be waving a lighter!” Marc Duhamel
“This is such a catchy song you wrote for us, I wish we could stream it in the Operating Rooms!!!” Courtney Kerrigan, Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada
“Are you seeking a motivational speaker or a coach for yourself or your organization? Stop your search! Stephanie (Steph) is the exact speaker who could meet your needs. She is a great listener, energetic, humorous, inspiring storyteller, experienced, and lives life to the fullest, She is wise, can read the room quickly, and respond accordingly. If you are uncertain, buy her book, read it, and listen to her short videos. You will not be disappointed.” Marian Heemskerk, Director of Community Life at Elim Village Seniors Care
“Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing such an important message.” Dawn Affleck
“This was awesome. Thank you!” Natalie Despatie
“Love your power and energy!” Edna Solomon
“Thank you so much for the most uplifting presentation I have seen since Covid began…we needed this!” Christine Erickson
“Thank you! You touched my heart.” Emalyn Macdonald
“Great session – ordering my tiara asap!” Anne-Marie DeWeert
“Thank you for an AMAZING Nurses ReBoot week.
There were so many take-a-ways…I am in the market for a tiara. LOVED that idea!” Debbie Turner, MscRN Director of Quality and Professional Practice, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
“A celebration like no other – and the Resilience REBOOT was a professional conference with an internationally renowned level of expertise, Resilience REBOOT PERFORMED!!!!
“Thank you for putting together such a much-needed experience for nurses in North America! I definitely walked away feeling refreshed and rebooted, with a bag of useful tools. Looking forward to next year!” Sharon Munawa, RN, BScN, MScN, University Health Network
“That hit me right in allll the feels!” Courtney Donais
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for me during the nurses’ week reboot. Since then I have made many changes because I can and have encouraged many of my friends with your great advice and enthusiasm. Keep shining your beautiful light and sharing your wisdom and encouragement with others!
You are a true blessing and I’m forever grateful for YOU!
Sending you lots of love!” Wendy Weighhell, RN Clinical Research Nurse/CoordinatorSt. Boniface General Hospital
“Thank you for an energizing presentation and so many amazing tools!!” Barb Haluza
“Amazing energy – thank you, Stephanie!” Julie Cinel
”Thank you, Stephanie, it was a fabulous presentation.” Jolaine Blanchard
“It was smooth, highly professional and resonant content, balanced with spirit and passion. Just what fatigued nurses needed after a grueling year.” Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher RN, BScN, MN, PhD Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Founder, Nursing the Future
“The message of hope and encouragement was strong. The event was extremely well organized! I really appreciated the tips and tricks/acronyms to help you remember different approaches.” Judy Timmons, MSN, APRN-CNS, NPD-BC Director, Clinical Education, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, NE
“Great job as Emcee for KCNA! I felt energized and supported and I think that’s hard to achieve via Zoom!” Sandra K Johnston, PhD, RN. U of Washington, Dept of Radiology (MC)
“You did a wonderful job hosting the KCNA gala. Thank you for making the most of our virtual space!” Louise Peterson RN, MN. Nurse Manager, Seattle & King County. (MC/Emcee)
“Stephanie you are very engaging! I love this! Sarita Palmer Fort St. John
“This was amazing!” Courtney Donais
“Thank you SO much for the very insightful zoom workshop today. It was much needed.” Kim Morelos, RN, Providence Health Care
“You were fantastic!” Ania Sawala, ORCA, Ontario Retirement Communities Association, Event Specialist
“I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. The concepts of NAP and BMW resonated strongly and are particularly helpful at this time.” Jane Kennedy BCLMA Administrator
“Your presentation really made my day!” Rod Parker, Ph.D., Sr. Principal Scientist, Stryker
“This was the most fun and not-boring Zoom I’ve ever been on!” John B. RN Providence Health Care
“I would like to express my gratitude to you for your fresh approach to the Keynote Address at our first virtual conference! We enjoyed your playful attitude and your custom Rap about our industry, it will be added to all of the “firsts” that occurred over the past year!” Shauna C. Goertzen, President BC Land Surveyors Association
“I don’t even need my morning coffee now!” Amy Titley GM at Bell Media
“Stephanie Staples has an amazing way of energizing me! I love her sessions. It’s like we’re having an awesome conversation one on one.” Lilia Hansen, City Council member City of Fort St John, BC
“I had the privilege of watching you as the keynote speaker for the virtual ORNAC conference, and was so inspired by your unique, effective program and the enthusiasm with which you shared!
You were so personable and gave so many visual and verbal examples of life tools I needed and that are easy to remember. You are a remarkable motivational speaker!
I have been at many other nurses’ conferences, but you will be one that I won’t forget! thank you for bringing such enthusiasm and wisdom at a time when we really need it!” Sharlene Christie OR nurses
“Steph has a passion for people. She engaged us all (even over Zoom), urging us to stretch to reach our goals without fear of and giving ourselves permission to TRY. ..after all, action brings learning and with it new discoveries. I recommend anyone looking for a shot of positive energy in a guest speaker to give Stephanie a Try!” Angus McPherson, GM Heat Savers Fireplace and Patio Co
“Your program was inspiring & refreshing and exactly what I needed!” Karma Anderson, Spark Women’s Leadership Conference
“Steph is an engaging and charismatic speaker, and we were really happy she was able to speak at our event. Highly recommended!” Mark J. Daily President, ABCLS
“Fabulous, so inspirational!” Tanya Richardson, Fort St. John Hospital Foundation
“They loved every minute of it!” Meredith Slack, Association and Conference Manager Events & Management Plus Inc.
“Wow! You were amazing, what powerful energy! Everyone loved you at our conference, you are truly our CAMDR Inspirational Goddess! Thank you for such an uplifting session, you have been so helpful in assisting all of us with our wellness during our current pandemic.” Dalyce Fredette-Percy – President CAMDR
“Your energy is so contagious, I just love it!” Kim Van, Spark Women’s Leadership Conference
“THAT WAS SUPER FANTABULOUS!!!!!! This one hit it out of the park!!! If anyone didn’t attend, they missed out. I actually ignored my other monitors, took notes and had many takeaways. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, you have a fan!!!!!” Shari L. Savage Senior Council, Canada Life (lawyer)
“Stephanie joined our All Staff Retreat as the opening guest speaker and she did not disappoint!
With inspiring enthusiasm, practical and concrete content and skilled virtual engagement strategies Stephanie guided our group on a journey that had us all laughing, reflecting on new ideas and sharing new tools that could be added to our wellness toolkits.
Leading up to the event, Stephanie was easy to work with to ensure everything was in place for a successful and smooth presentation and continued with follow-up to also ensure all post-event details were finalized.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Stephanie, and I’m still hearing positive feedback from staff about her contribution to our All Staff Retreat. Thank you, Stephanie!” Shannon Cormier – ED, North of Superior Counselling Services
“Stephanie, you were wonderful!” Kimberley Goosen, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
“Thank you, Stephanie! You are amazing!” Dianne Rosentreter
“We recently had Stephanie as our keynote speaker for the Association of BC Land Surveyors’ professional development days. Stephanie presented twice at the opening and closing of our event, and she was energetic, entertaining and taught us many great tools and ideas.
“We don’t just like you, we love you, Stephanie!” Nadya McLean,
Spark Women’s Leadership Conference
“You’re an inspiration!! So great!” Sherri Mytopher
“Wow!” Priyanka Aingh D’Souza
“I feel so inspired now!” Cassandra Brodie
“I am so glad that our group could arrange your valuable attendance at our session this year. We have received wonderful feedback!” Sarah Chenard, 2021 Chair, Legal Staff Professional Development Committee
“I recently had the benefit of being involved with both organizing and attending Stephanie’s virtual presence at the “Revitalize Your Work & Life” session. Stephanie was excellent in her preparation and the presentation was very valuable and engaging.” Brenda Tipping, Canada Life
“All I can say is … ‘WOW’!!! So many great takeaways from your upbeat and very entertaining session today. I took many notes and will draft a “cheat sheet” to keep handy as I do feel there are a number of things I can do in my life to make me feel better.” Lori Fox, Legal Assistant, Canada Life
“Great presentation Stephanie, so many things hit home for me, thank you for your time.” Geri Schilling, Communications Coordinator at BC Oil and Gas Commission
“Thanks for delivering a fun & informative session! Loved it!” Pamela Barnum, JD
“Your session at our 2021 Digital Spring Conference was uplifting, engaging and informative. You presented in a manner that was both humorous and enlightening while getting your message across to the participants.
The feedback from our audience was great! You would be a huge asset to any group who is looking for an enlightening, passionate speaker.” Dave Tomlin, VP of Education and Convention, Iowa Health Care Association, Iowa Centre for Assisted Living, Iowa Centre for Home Care
“Your presentation was amazing and really provided me with some great perspective.” Shaheen Amirali, VP Altagas
“An amazing professional, inspirational and a joy! I loved how you held space graciously and gracefully. So powerful plus lovely takeaways professionally and personally.” Nicola Hedges, United Way of Northern BC
“I recently had the joy of attending Stephanie’s motivational/keynote session at the virtual 2021 ORNAC conference. It blew me away! She had so much positive energy, made me LOL and gave me so many ideas to use in my “emotional toolbox”. Great suggestions for techniques to calm anxiety, boost self-confidence, ask for help & generally feel better about life! Thank you Stephanie ❤️” Jen Galambos-Brown, ORNAC
“I really enjoyed your program, your energy is amazing and contagious!” Jessica Kalman, Director Fort St. John Public Library
“We have had excellent reviews of your presentation and attendees really appreciated your humor.” Jeannette Karasiuk, Spark Women’s Leadership Conference
“Amazing insights, thank you.” Gavin Mosley
“I loved this session, super uplifting!!” <3 Stephanie Singh RN University Health Network
“Thank you isn’t enough – I’ll be your poster child for the reboot program LOL you’d be crazy not to do it for yourself and to invest in it for your team. It was a new beginning I knew I needed but didn’t know how to get it or where to start. Jeudie Lynn, RN
“AWESOME STUFF.” Andrea Brown
“I learned so much!” Lilibeth Agos
“What an uplifting, reenergizing and positive day. I couldn’t have asked for better to create an awesome experience for our nurses.” Lori Powell, SUN (Sk Union of Nurses)
“Stephanie was a much-needed inspiration to our staff after a very very long year. She was approachable, humorous and encouraging offering the right amount of practical advice that staff needed to renew their personal and professional energy. She connected with them on a meaningful level and they are still RAVING about the event. Thanks Stephanie!” Ron Pike CEO – Elim Village
“I had the privilege of hosting Stephanie as our keynote speaker for Pediatric Nurse’s Week Grand Rounds today. Her presentation on resiliency was REAL – uplifting and practical to give our team some strategies to help them cope with the challenges of working in healthcare today. Her message is engaging and fun. Often we get overwhelmed with how to cope – her ideas helped me realize that I can do this. I definitely recommend Stephanie for your next speaking event!” Judy Timmons, Clinical Director Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Omaha
“We had Stephanie as a guest speaker for a virtual mental health fair and she was fantastic! Despite being virtual, our team was fully engaged and thoroughly enjoyed her session. We could have listened to her speak all day long! I would highly recommend Stephanie for your next event.
Here are some testimonials from our staff:
“I would have loved to hear from Stephanie more. I enjoyed her tips and verbiage to use.”
“She was very inspirational and informative.”
“Very applicable to our current lives with actionable steps.”
Thank you Stephanie for leaving a lasting impression on our team!” Calyx Rose, HR Coordinator, Bonduelle
I am grateful to be able to serve. Thank you to all who trusted me with their special events and special people! Ever grateful, Steph : )